I have a cone shape tank with reinforcing pads to be welded on it. The pads are sheet metal of certain dimensions. How can I create the pads and then bend them to fit the shape of the cone tank at a specific location? SW2006.
Do you have a picture of it so we can see.?
It is for more than one piece actually such as items 4, 5, etc from the picture attached. The tank is conical, large at top and small at bottom.
Try the flex or deform features.
Thanks Tony. I have never used those commands before. I will have to learn how to use them.
I would go with Tony's suggestion and create two configuration. One as Flat plate and other as formed one (created with Flex command). And accordingly I can use them in assembly and drawings.
Thanks Deepak. As I mentioned earlier, those commands are new to me and I need to learn them to see how I can apply them.
a simple revolve will work for both items.
item 4 will be able to be converted to a sheet metal part.
item 5 will not be able to be converted if revolved.
item 5 should really be 2 parts. are you really going to form that from one piece?
personally i would box those items so the tube has a flat surface to weld to.
Message was edited by: Kenneth Barrentine
Thanks Kenneth. That seems reasonable for me to try especially that I am not yet familiar with Flex or Deform. I am not sure about the boxing because actually the pieces are from sheet steel and I think the fabricator manages to weld them to the tank probably with some deformation.
I guess you can use the lofted sheet metal way also. Check attached.
Thanks Deepak, but I wasn't able to open your file as I have SW2008.
I don't have a lower version but will create a video to demonstrate.
i attached some jpeg's to show how to revolve and create sheetmetal. all of these parts can be flattened. item 5 should be 2 pieces as it is highly unlikely your fabricator will go to the effort to create as one piece. some of the dims are approximate as i didn't have all the info required to complete. i used .120" as material thickness.
with the box method the tubes will not need a radius cut. the fit will be much tighter resulting in better looking welds.
Thanks again Kenneth.
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